Chet Holmgren damage Opens Door for Dieng, Bazley, and completely different Thunder Bigs

Rookie Chet Holmgren goes to overlook the complete 2022-23 NBA season rehabbing a Lisfranc damage to his proper foot – however that doesn’t imply all is misplaced for the Thunder by approach of participant development.

the place one door closes, one other opens; and a probability is about to current itself to Ousmane Dieng, Darius Bazley, Aleksej Pokuševski, Jaylin Williams, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, and Vít Krejčí.

Dieng, 19, was chosen by the Thunder with the eleventh decide inside the 2022 NBA Draft.

Dieng is listed at 6-10 however can play capturing guard or small forward as a outcomes of his expertise and velocity.

Bazley, 22, was chosen by the Thunder with the twenty third decide inside the 2019 NBA Draft, and is inside the final yr of his rookie contract.

In three seasons with the Thunder, Bazley has averaged 10.zero factors, 5.eight rebounds, and 1.three assists on forty one%/31%/70% capturing splits.

Pokuševski, 20, was chosen by the Thunder with the seventeenth decide inside the 2020 NBA Draft.

It’s onerous to think about Pokuševski has already been inside the League for two seasons; the place he’s averaged 7.eight factors and 5.zero rebounds on 38%/29%/seventy two% capturing splits.

Williams, 20, was chosen by the Thunder with the thirty fourth decide inside the 2022 NBA Draft.

final season at Arkansas, Williams averaged 10.9 factors and 9.eight rebounds.

Robinson-Earl, 21, was chosen by the Thunder with the thirty second decide inside the 2021 NBA Draft.

In his rookie season, Robinson-Earl averaged 7.5 factors and 5.6 rebounds.

Krejčí, 22, was chosen by the Washington Wizards with the thirty seventh decide inside the 2020 NBA Draft, then traded to the Thunder.

In 30 video games with the Thunder, Krejčí averaged 6.2 factors and three.4 rebounds.

Ousmane Dieng, Darius Bazley, Aleksej Pokuševski, Jaylin Williams, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, and Vít Krejčí are all 6-eight or taller and beneath the age of twenty-two.

Thunder’ widespread supervisor Sam Presti will certainly want to see which massive males will praise Holmgren’s having fun with vogue when he returns in 2023.

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